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Ipswich: Tesco hopes to start work at Grafton Way in the spring

10:16 04 December 2012

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An artist's impression of the planned Grafton Way Tesco development


RETAIL giant Tesco hopes to start work on its long-awaited store in Grafton Way early next year.


The final piece of information the borough had asked for before the planning application is considered is now being sorted out – and should arrive at Grafton House before Christmas.

That should allow the council’s planning committee to consider the amended application at its meeting in January.

And the company says it hopes that will allow work to start on the site within a few weeks.

It has said in the past that it hopes the new supermarket – which would be smaller than the superstore originally proposed – could be open in time for Christmas next year.

A spokesman for the company said: “We continue to work with the planning authorities to obtain approval for some minor changes to our plans, and we hope to receive confirmation early in the New Year.

“Preparatory work on the site, including the demolition of the former B&Q warehouse, has now been underway for six weeks and will continue during the coming winter to make the site ready for construction.”

As well as a new Tesco supermarket, the site would also include two hotels, town houses, and smaller shop units.

The amended application was submitted to the borough in August and followed a controversial application for a more intensive development on the site which was approved by the former administration at the borough in 2010.

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  • Good news this should have been done a longtime ago to give the shoppers of Ipswich cheaper prices and a better range of products opposed to the overpriced shops in town

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    the opinion man

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • I'm sorry to say that this will not help Ipswich town centre .. customers will drive to the store , shop , then leave .... too far from the main town centre for people to walk to browse the rest of the town....another ' one stop shop'.. and what an ugly design .. this is cgi 'anywhere'architecture.. no thought to ipswich at all , it could be designed for Slough or Swindon , I bet the architects didn't care !

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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Good news? Poppycock! This Tesco is needed like a hole in the head. It's such a long journey to the gigantic Tesco at Copdock, isn't it? This new store should not be allowed, it will simply help destroy what's left of our inadequate twn centre...just watch.

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    The Main Man

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • It IS good news for those many people who don't have a car take the long journey to the edge of town superstores for their food shopping. It is also good news that an unsightly part of Ipswich will be improved - as well as the nearby road system which is a condition of the planning consent.

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    Ken M

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • why why why do we need these hotels ,for Gods sake , you got four hotels within a hundred yards of each other, now they going to build another two , crazy

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    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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